tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 13, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> pelley: tonight, we take you inside the consulate where the u.s. ambassador was killed. >> every single room in every single building on this compound looks like this. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in benghazi, libya. plus, david martin on who might be behind the attack. and wilwilon spreading anti-american violence. the federal reserve pumps more money into the economy. wyatt andrews on who will benefit and who won't. the drought and tough choices. jim axlerod with a man who helps decide where the water will go. and a final good-bye to the first man on the moon from the last. >> farewell, my friend. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. if a single picture captured the story of the day, it had to be this one. protesters bashing a heavily fortified door in the middle eastern country of yemen, the sign they've ripped down says, "embassy of the united states." anti-american violence spread in the region today, fueled by anger or a once-obscure internet movie that ridicules islam, a film produced in the united states but one that has been condemned by the u.s. government. a mob attacked but did not break in to the u.s. embassy in yemen. in telephone calls today, president obama be thanked the president of yemen for condemning this embassy attack, but he told the president of egypt that the embassy there needs to be better protected. all of this, of course, comes a day after the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans
were killed in a fiery assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. our team of correspondents is covering everyangy of this story, and we begin in benghazi where charlie d'agata made it inside the american consulate where the americans died. >> reporter: the attackers made sure there was nothing left. every single room in every single building on this compound looks like this-- torched and ransacked,. no place was safe and there is nowhere to hide. a young neighbor zahi braham najem, showed us around the ruins. he used to visit the consulate often before it was destroyed. >> they burn everything, they steal everything, and they broke the dishes. >> reporter: the people in the neighborhood we spoke to said it wasn't clear who was behind the attack. a libyan security guard who tried to defend the compound but was unded in the attack couldn't tell us, either. but he did say it had the marks of a planned assault.
we can't show you his face for his own safety. "it was a setup" he said. "they were armed with automatic weapons. some had their faces covered and wore flak jackets." he told us there was an explosion when the attack began, and then the shooting started. he was wounded by shrapnel in his left leg. then he was shot in the other leg. he told us the guards were no match for the attackers. the american flag used to fly on that flag pole behind me. now, that's about all that's left of america's presence in benghazi. most residents we spoke to were upset about the attack. ambassador stevens was well known here. benghazi was where he helped the rebels overthrow muammar qadadffi. anna ajalali, and amna el gerhiani who both live next door in this residential neighborhood said they were sorry. >> we want to pass one thing to
the americans and to the whole world that what happened here is not representing the libyans, and especially not representing our islam. we're not like that. >> we feel shame to be honest with you. we feel shame for what happened. i mean, we wish we cooled-- >> for what happened to the u.s. > we could have saved him. they were here to help us and they helped us and they were helping us, and we really need this help. >> pelley: charlie, we're told the consulate was a temporary facility, really just a house in a neighborhood. how was it defended? >> reporter: well, scott, it's not what you would call a heavily fortified compound. it's barely a fortified compound. there are metal gates on three sides of it and there are barbed wire on top of cement walls. one thing, we didn't really notice any evidence of a forced entry at those gates or anywhere else on the compound made us a little bit curious. also, we never saw anyone in the way of investigators, whether they were libyan or american.
and we were really able to scm and go as we pleased and there was nobody there protecting, essentially, a crime scene. >> pelley: charlie, thanks very much. the body of ambassador christopher stephens and the other fallen americans are at a u.s. airbase in germany tonight. who was behind their murders? david martin has been talking to his sources at the pathy. >> reporter: a radical islam group is the leading suspect in the attack. the name means supporters of islamic law, and u.s. officials describe it it as an offshoot of al qaeda. at least one of the attackers was photographed at the scene. and libyan officials claim to to have already made arrests. attorney general eric holder cut short an overseas trip to return to washington, and a law enforcement source said the f.b.i. would begin the investigation by interviewing the 30 american sush viefers of the attack who are now at a u.s. military wais in germany. the attackers struck at 10 p.m.
local time tuesday and within 15 minutes were inside the compound firing on the main building where ambassador chris stevens, information manager sean smith, and a security officer had already begun destroying classified documents. smoke and flames from a rocket-probelled grenade which exploded on the roof, drove the security officer ow of the building, but he went back in to find stevens and smith. state department spokeswoman victoria nuland described what happened next. >> when he got to sean smith, he was already dead. he pulled him from the building. he went back into the building with additional security forces, but was unable to locate ambassador stevens before the fire overcame the building. >> reporter: the battle then shifted to an annex where two other americans, former navy seal glen doherty, and a still-un identified state department security guard were killed. apparently out-numbered and
outgunned by their attackers. the bodies of the four americans are scheduled to come home tomorrow. a chilling reminder that while osama bin laden may be dead, his sympathizers are alive and dangerous. >> pelley: david, you reported in your story that there were 30 americans at the consulate who got out? how did they get out of there? >> reporter: all the americans took shelter in the annex to the consulate and were hunkered down there until after about four and a half hours, libyan forces finally got control of the situation. then the americans were taken to the benghazi airport, flown to tripoli, and from there to germany. >> pelley: thanks, david. in his phone call to the president of egypt, president obama said the u.s. rejects efforts to denigrate islam but he added there is never any justification for violence. these were the protests at the embassy in cairo today, and holly williams is there. >> reporter: the protesters have become riots are, fighting
running street battles with the egyptian police, who were out in force. today, there was chaos as young men threw stoabz and molotov cocktails while security forces countered with tear gas, all of it triggered by the american-made film that deeply offended many muslims. dr. wisam abd el-wares say businessman and ultraconservative muslim who organized the earliest protests. can we walk down the corridor together? >> we cannot walk together. >> reporter: he insisted he couldn't walk side by side with a woman because it's against his religion. he told u he didn't mean for the demonstrations to turn violent and has now called for them to end. but he doesn't accept responsibility. this film was a low-budget effort. it was made by a hand full of people. and it doesn't represent the beliefs or the feelings of a majority of americans. why do you think it's important?
"it doesn't matter if only a few peopleaw the film," he said. "any insult to the prophet muhamid is upacceptable. "the film may have been the spark, but these protests feed off deeper tensions, laid bare by a revolution that forced egypt's belong-time dictator from power last favor. with an islamist party in power now, anti-american feeling is growing. today, more than 48 hours after the protests began, the egyptian president, mohammad morsi, vowed to protect foreign embassies, but he also denounced those who insult the prophet muhamid. it was a show of unity with the islamists who support him and a clear sign of how egypt's relationship with america is changing. >> pelley: hole williams is joining us from tahrir square in the middle of cairo. holly, i wonder, low damaging is all of this for u.s.-egyptian
relations? >> scott, egypt has been a u.s. ally for three decades. the country averages $2 billion in american aid every year, but then the arab spring brought a revolution here in egypt, which the u.s. supported, and now the country has an islamist president and a new political mood. so there was already a rift, but with the last few days seem to have done is widen it. >> pelley: holly, we're hearing that banging in the background. it sounds like tear gas canisters going of? >> that's right. there are still a few hundred people, perhaps 1,000 maximum on the street, and egyptian riot police are sporadically firing tear gas canisters in their direction, trying to push them, i suppose, further away from the u.s. embassy here in cairo. >> pelley: a developing situation. holly, thank you. moving to the economy now, the federal reserve today decided to take further action to give the economy a boost. wall street liked it. the dow soared 206 points. and we asked wyatt andrews to
tell us more about what the fed plans to do. >> reporter: it's the first time the federal reserve has committed to boost the economy ever month and keep interest rates low until unemployment goes down. fed chairman ben bernanke said the economic recovery, especially in the u.s. job market, is stuck. >> this is a main street policy because what we're about here is trying to get jobs going. we're trying to create more employment. >> reporter: specifically, the fed will buy $40 billion worth of mortgage bobdz every month, the idea being to drive mortgage rates even lower than their historic lows now. bernanke says if it works the plan should increase home buying, help the stock market, and drive up consumer spending. >> if people feel that their financial situation is better because their 401(k) looks better, for whatever reason-- their house is worth more-- they're more willing to go out and spend and that's going to provide the demand that firms need in order to be willing to hire and invest. >> reporter: while wall street love the announcement, the fed's
open-ended commitment to keep interest rates low has i down side. it could hurt retirees living on fixed incomes and anyone invested in savings accounts or money market funds. republican nominee mitt romney, who has already promised to fire ben bernanke, called the fed's intervention, "confirmation that president obama's policies have not worked. we should be creating wealth "romney said in a statement, "not printing dollars." republicans also fear that bernanke may have timed this effort to increase hiring as an election-year gift to the president. bernanke rejected that, scott, saying the fed's timing was related to a clearlying stagnant economy, not to politics. >> pelley: wyatt, thanks. pore days before the election, president obama has a small lead in the polls. do you think there's a reasonable chance that you could lose this election? we'll have the president's answer to that question when the cbs evening news continues. [ female announcer ] did you know the average person smiles
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>> pelley: we've been bringing you our conversations with the presidential candidates. wetarted with a week of interviews with mitt romney and his wife, anne, during the republican convention. this week, we've been talking to president obama about whether he can get bipartisan support in a second term, the kind of cooperation that was lacking when mr. obama and republican house speaker john boehner failed to reach agreement on the budget, an agreement that they called "the grand bargain?" you're calling for cooperation in washington, but if you're
re-elected, john boehner will still be speaker of the house. paul ryan will still be the chairman of the budget committee. how will anything change in washington if all the players are the same, including yourself? >> well, first of all, we don't know what's going to happen in the election. in my election or anybody else's. so we don't want to take that for granted. but let's assume i'm re-elected and the house republicans are still in charge. i think it's important to point out that even with all the back-and-forth that's taken place this year, we got a lot o stuff done. we have cut a trillion dollars from our deficit because of an agreement that i made with speaker boehner that got passed ones, and we'd like to see
greate cooperation. i don't expect i will get 100% cooperation. but 50%, 60%, wouldn't be bad. >> pelley: but if you win, will you be willing to compromise? what are you willing to give in order to complete this grand bargain on the budget that had failed? >> well, i-- keep in mind that the trillion dollars that we c cut, you know, was a painful exercise. you know, there are some programs that are worthy but we just can't afford right now. is and there's still waste. there are still programs that don't work. there are still ways we can make it leaner and more efficient. so i'm, you know, more than happy to work with the republicans, and what i've said in reducing our deficits, we can make sure that we cut $2.5 for every dollar of increased revenue. >> pelley: that's the deal they turned down, mr. president >> well, that's part of what this election's about. >> pelley: do you think
there's a reasonable chance that you could lose this election? >> oh, absolute. i mean, this is-- this is going stoob a close race. and i'm running in an environment where the economy isn't where it needs to be. i take nothing for granted. i'm going to be working my tail off trying to present a clear choice to the american people. and the one thing i hope i'm able to communicate in this campaign is what my values are, what my plan is, but also that i'm not tired. that i am as eager every morning and as determined as i've ever been to work as hard as i can on behalf of the american people. >> pelley: our conversation with the president will continue tomorrow. as the drought grips oklahoma, this colonel is on a mission to decide where the water will flow. next. acal maximum plus d. it's the only calcium supplement
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the landscape here in eastern oklahoma is different than, saw, the flat plains of western kansas. here the water of the arkansas river can be collected and managed in a series of five dams. in a normal year, there's enough to go around. but this is no normal year. >> the question is, do you want the water in your sink? do you want the water for your a.c.? do you want the water for the fish? >> reporter: brokering all those needs in eastern oklahoma is colonel michael teague. he manages the region's lakes and dams for the army corps of engineers. >> it is absolutely about balancing competing needs. >> reporter: this is quite a juggling act. >> it is. "juggling" is a good phrase. >> reporter: one of his biggest priorities is storing enough water in his lakes to release to the river when falling water levels threaten barge traffic carrying grain across the farm belt. but more water behind the dams means less water in the river to power the turbines generating electricity for eight million people. nothing is spinning here right
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>> we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. >> pelley: president kennedy 50 years ago yesterday. today, at the national cathedral in washington, america said good-bye to the man who led america to the moon, neil armstrong. it was a public memorial for a very private man, held in the cathedral that has a piece of moon rock embedded in one of its stained glass windows, a gift from nasa. former astronaut john glenn was there. so were armstrong's apollo 11 crew mates, buzz aldrin, and michael collins. >> the eagle has landed. >> pelley: on july 20, 1969, neil armstrong stepped off the
lunar module and on to the moon. >> it's one small step for man. one giant leap for mankind. >> pelley: gene cernan was the last man to walk on the moon in 1972. he described armstrong as a reluctant hero who showed us the pathway to the stars. >> you can now finally put out your hand and touch the face of god. >> pelley: diana krall sang the song that armstrong and aldrin played while they were on the moon. ♪ fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars ♪ . >> pelley: neil armstrong, who died last month at the age of 82, will be buried at sea tomorrow. and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is 9 news now. what i want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. [ cheering and applause ] >> a presidential promise tonight in the wake of that deadly attack on americans in libya. here's the latest on the consulate attack in libya that claimed the lives of four americans including ambassador chris stevens. libyan authority arrested four people in connection with the attack. they are suspected of helping instigate the event at the u.s. consulate. we now know the identity of the third man killed in the assault. his name, glenn doherty, a former navy seal from a suburb of boston. meanwhile anti-american protests are growing in the middle east. conservative muslims are outraged over a film